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'The Course of True Love Never Did Run Smooth' - A Midsummer Night's Dream.

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'The Course of True Love Never Did Run Smooth' In A Midsummer Night's Dream, Shakespeare presents us with a complex and twisting plot. He does this by the use of the Fairies mixing things up by using their magic. The Fairies, in the play, help the audience to understand the plot. This can make the play seem rather amusing as the characters in the play seem oblivious to what is going on so with the help of the Fairies the audience can see what is happening and this would be rather amusing to watch. The Fairies address the audience throughout the play as if the audience themselves are part of it. The relationship between Oberon and Titania is one that experiences problems. Shakespeare shows how stubbornness and jealousy can also add to the problems in a relationship. These two argue over the ownership of an Indian child. We see Oberon's stubbornness when Titania wants to leave to avoid a worse quarrel, "Thou shalt not from this grove, 'Til I torment thee for this injury." He orders her about and has power over her and even though he supposedly loves her he threatens to gain vengeance on her. Showing that even if people are truly in love they still argue and get angry at each other. Oberon then orders Puck to place the love potion in Titania's eyes. ...read more.

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Weeds of Athens he doth wear. This is he, my master said, despised the Athenian maid..." Here, the audience begins to see what is going to happen and how mischievous Puck can be. Towards the end of the scene, disaster strikes when Helena finds Lysander, seemingly sleeping on his own. She wakes him and he falls wildly in love with her. Helena, finding it difficult to believe, runs away. Lysander pursues her leaving Hermia all alone. As Hermia sits about wondering what has come of Lysander, Demetrius walks into the clearing and she then believes that he has killed Lysander. As they argue, Oberon and Puck watch and realise the mistake Puck has made. "This is the woman, but not the man." Here, Shakespeare is allowing the audience to realise Puck's mistake and the potential consequences. Demetrius soon gets bored with arguing and settles down to go to sleep, leaving Hermia to wonder in the woods looking for Lysander. To try and undo what the Fairies have done, Puck applies the love juice into Demetrius' eyes. By doing this Shakespeare's audience begin to understand how confusing things can get, but find it amusing as the lovers are completely unaware of what is happening to them. Whilst this is all going on, Lysander is trying to proclaim his love for her is true. As he chases her through the woods, they come across Demetrius who is sleeping. ...read more.

Conclusion

In the play we can clearly see that Egeus represents Age, "Full of vexation come I, with complaint against, my daughter Hermia." and Hermia represents Youth, "So will I grow, so live, so die, my lord, ere I will yield my virgin patent up." Just as almost any love story, it all turns out all right, with Hermia having her wish to marry Lysander granted to her by Theseus. This happens mainly due to the help of the Fairies who, in the end, get Demetrius to fall in love with Helena. I feel that Theseus decided to overrule Egeus because he felt that I wasn't right to force to people to marry each other who didn't love each other and also it was his wedding day and he probably would have felt it right to let the lover's make their own decisions. I believe that I modern audience would feel this to be the right thing do and therefore be all right with it. However, an audience in Shakespeare times would have probably been very shocked to see a young girl go against the wishes of her father as it was not allowed in Elizabethan times. When we first meet Hermia in the play, she is wildly in love with Lysander and therefore is very passionate but distraught about the fact that her father wants her to marry Demetrius. ...read more.

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